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South African Robin Stransham-Ford died
May 1, 2015

Terminally-ill Cape Town man died of natural causes Thursday on the same day that a court granted him the right to end his life, a ruling that could pave the way for assisted suicide legislation. Retired advocate Robin Stransham-Ford, 65, was reported to be heavily sedated and a statement from his family did not say whether he died before or after the ruling.

“Since receiving the heartening news of the ground-breaking judgement,

DwD New South Wales publishes its March 2015 Newsletter
May 1, 2015

Read here DWD NSW's latest Newsletter. This special Pre-election Newsletter includes the main points from Sarah Edelman's analysis at the forum and also discusses recent historic developments in the US and Canada.

Author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66
May 1, 2015

Sir Terry, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and has previously campaigned in favour of assisted dying , passed away at home with his family by his side. The author had succumbed to a chest infection earlier this year, which gradually worsened. He passed away on March 12th. His publishers confirmed it was the result of natural causes rather than the assisted suicide he had campaigned for.

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter March 2015
May 1, 2015

Final Exit Network published their Newsletter March 2015, read it here.

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 157
May 1, 2015

Japan Society JSDD published its Newsletter nr 157. Find an English excerpt here.

Dignitas' rebuttal on BMJE article on Swiss Suicide Tourism
May 1, 2015

On 20 August 2014, the British Journal of Medical Ethics (BJME) published online the paper “Suicide tourism: a pilot study on the Swiss phenomenon” by Saskia Gauthier, Julian Mausbach, Thomas Reisch and Christine Bartsch. Find here an abstract.
In an article Dignitas, on behalf of five other Swiss RtD Societies, analysed the study . It has many omissions

Dick Coté - author of a number of books on end-of-life developments - died
Apr 30, 2015

Writer and photographer Richard N. Cote died at home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on February 10 at the age of 69. Derek Humphry writes in his obituary:

"Dick — as he was known to everybody — was in good general health. He fell down the stairs

Canadian Medical Association changes its stance
Apr 30, 2015

Until the Supreme Court ruling on 6 February, it seemed likely that the Canadian Federal government would seek to overturn the legislation under federal criminal law.
The Supreme Court decision will now make that difficult. The government said it will take its time in considering how to respond.

Interested in joning a Facebook Seminar?
Apr 30, 2015

James Leonard Park, an active US advocate for the right to die, moderates a Facebook Seminar on Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions. People from all over the world are welcome to join our discussions of this new book on the right-to-die, which is available free-of-charge on the Internet. 

To participate click here (Facebook account needed)

Numbers of Dutch Life End Clinic (SLK) 2014 published
Apr 30, 2015

In 2014, the Levenseindekliniek (SLK) in The Hague received 1035 requests for euthanasia, up from 749 in 2013. Of the 1035, 232 people were actually given euthanasia (up by 98 from 2013.
The organisation believes the remarkable increase to be the result of increased publicity.
Most of the 232 people given euthanasia by the SLK last year